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High-stakes battle over oil terminal unfolds in Northwest

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SEATTLE (AP) — Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an opportunity to link domestic crude oil from the Midwest to a West Coast port. Critics, however, see an environmental and safety catastrophe waiting to happen, especially after a train carrying volatile Bakken crude ...

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Ruling says Vancouver port oil terminal needs full review

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A hearing examiner says a proposal by NuStar Energy to handle crude oil at the Port of Vancouver must undergo a detailed environmental review. Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice on Tuesday ruled in favor of the city of Vancouver, which required an environmental impact statement for the project. The Columbian says NuStar had appealed the decision, saying the ...

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Cantwell: Act now on oil trains

Now is the time to act to reduce the continued risk of crude oil moving through the region by rail, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell said during a visit to Vancouver on Wednesday. The Washington Democrat and local leaders repeatedly stressed the volatility of the oil itself. Speaking inside Pacific Park Fire Station No. 10 in east Vancouver, the group noted ...

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Vancouver extends moratorium on crude oil facilities

The Vancouver City Council on Monday unanimously voted to extend a moratorium on expanding or establishing crude oil-handling facilities, prompting the audience to break into applause. Moments earlier, roughly a dozen people took the microphone to praise the council’s stance against oil terminals in Vancouver and voice support for continuation of the six-month moratorium adopted Sept. 11. No one spoke ...

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Vancouver City Council passes oil moratorium

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Stephanie Rice | Columbian Vancouver city government reporter The Vancouver City Council on Thursday unanimously passed an emergency six-month moratorium on new or expanded facilities that would accept crude oil. The moratorium won’t affect the oil transfer terminal proposed by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies that’s currently under review by the state. While the six-month moratorium was straightforward — a public hearing ...

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Bakken oil boom echoes in Clark County


Eric Florip | Columbian transportation & environment reporter WATFORD CITY, N.D. — On a rare day off, Chris Piche reached into the bed of his pickup and pulled out a small plastic container holding his livelihood. The former Battle Ground resident opened it and poured its contents into an empty water bottle. The thin, dark orange-tinted liquid, about the consistency of water, ...

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Canada builds LNG army for West Coast, may come up short

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VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The Canadian province of British Columbia is on the brink of a liquefied natural gas boom, but a shortfall of thousands of workers is imperiling billions in investment dollars. More than a dozen LNG export terminals are being considered for the Pacific coast province, and analysts expect three to five will go ahead. They will also need ...

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Tesoro’s rail project feels heat

Vicki Vaughan | The San Antonio Express-News SAN ANTONIO — More than a year ago, locally based refiner Tesoro Corp. announced a plan to deliver low-cost crude oil to refineries on the West Coast. The proposal calls for the construction of a crude-by-rail terminal to move plentiful and low-cost Bakken crude from North Dakota to the Port of Vancouver USA ...

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